Welcome back to SYFY WIRE’s development roundup! For our latest slew of entertainment updates, we’ve got alternate realities, a group of miniaturized graduate students in Hawaii, and a deal with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. The first bit of development news involves a world where the state of Israel split along its religious and secular factions into two separate countries – an Orthodox nation run from Jerusalem and a secular nation based in Tel Aviv. That’s the premise of Autonomies, the new show from Keshet International, the premier global distributor of Israeli television offerings. Featuring a second civil war between Republican and Democratic states would certainly be timely, not to mention utterly reminiscent of Confederate, the series that was being developed by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff for HBO. Set in an alternate reality where the Southern states won the Civil War, the project entered development hell after a public controversy over its racially weighted content. That’s because the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Micro at Amblin Entertainment has found writers in Neil Widener and Gavin James, reports Deadline. Originally in development at AMC, the show is set to follow a master thief named Conrad Paulson who finds it difficult to juggle a home and criminal life. The second show in development is Nailbiter, based on the Image comic by Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson.

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